Curating the ultimate playlist is a common theme within some beloved young adult novels. Think of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn or consider Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Since the all-important soundtrack to life is an evolving creative process, below is a list of newer songs to start you off your own December playlist.
“The Neverending Sigh” by: Foo Fighters from the album Saint Cecilia EP
Released in November as part of a special EP, this song proves that rock can be fun, too.
“Alive” by: Sia from the album This is Acting
This is one the singles off of Sia’s upcoming album in January. If you need inspiring music to get you up in the morning, this is your song.
“The Answer” by: Savages from the album Adore Life
From their forthcoming album, this song has a hard post-punk shell and a soft heart with its message: love is the answer.
“Can’t Get Enough of Myself” by: Santigold from the album 99¢
This sunshine-y song will put some bounce in your step once you are finished rocking out.
“20th Century Boy” by: Ty Segall from the album Ty Rex
Segall’s rendition of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” will ensure that you do as many guitar riffs in your living room as possible.
“Hello” by: Adele from the album 25
Sure, the music video has already been parodied by Saturday Night Live (check it out here), but Adele has a heartbreaking voice and this song does all the heartbreaking for you.
“So Long” by: Leon Bridges from The Motion Picture soundtrack for Concussion
One last song new song to end your December playlist is a new one by the soulful Leon Bridges.
— Diana Slavinsky, currently listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray